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What do you think about a "Zoom" ask the experts evening ?

DonS

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For timing, I am still working a normal work day myself, 8-4 (GMT-5 - EST NA) for me from home, but I can watch if it is during that time.
 

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I'm up for this sounds like a great idea.

I'll chip in where I can :)
 

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Ok shall we say one evening next week then ?

What about Wednesday 15th April at 7pm UK time ?
 

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Ok shall we say one evening next week then ?

What about Wednesday 15th April at 7pm UK time ?
That makes it 2PM for most here in the East of Canada and US, or 12 Noon for the west coast. It works for me.
 

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Ive had lots of meetings recently via zoom and the system is very good.

How do we all think about having a "Ask the experts" meeting one eveing next week ?

Hopefully we could have a selection of experienced photographers who could answer questions on technique and business matters.

Might be a good way for us al to get to know each other better.

Let me know in the comments what you think
sounds like a good idea.but from what i read about zoom is that it opens your system up to getting exploited by other software or some privacy issues also.i use my pc and phone for work,so i wouldnt want to install zoom anywhere.is there another software to use?? I only mention this as my phone and pc both were infected several times causing a lot of problems.sorry am not enthusisastic about zoom,but i i really like the idea of the experts evening and i have a lot of questions which i dont post.thanks.regards

p.s. there is apparently software from google and others
 

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sounds like a good idea.but from what i read about zoom is that it opens your system up to getting exploited by other software or some privacy issues also.i use my pc and phone for work,so i wouldnt want to install zoom anywhere.is there another software to use?? I only mention this as my phone and pc both were infected several times causing a lot of problems.sorry am not enthusisastic about zoom,but i i really like the idea of the experts evening and i have a lot of questions which i dont post.thanks.regards

p.s. there is apparently software from google and others
Zoom are regularly improving security of the app, and since those stories arrived those holes have been fixed. Some of the security concerns were because the app did not meet the security requirements for certain government bodies. That is actually quite a task as different bodies have different requirements for certification. Personally, and bear in mind I work as an IT specialist working in a secure environment, I am happy to use zoom for this.

Let’s look at some of the alternatives

Skype - limited to 50 users.

M$ Teams - Aimed at business use, licenced and for individual users Skype is required to join.

Facetime - Great, as long as you have an Apple device.

Google Hangouts - 150people for voice, 25 for video. You have to have a google account and have to give IMO an unreasonably large amount of personal information to Google.

There are other alternatives such as star leaf, jitsi and many more as well as Facebook, but they all have their issues and in some cases, costs. Zoom seems to me to be the best currently available platform.
 

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sounds like a good idea.but from what i read about zoom is that it opens your system up to getting exploited by other software or some privacy issues also.i use my pc and phone for work,so i wouldnt want to install zoom anywhere.is there another software to use?? I only mention this as my phone and pc both were infected several times causing a lot of problems.sorry am not enthusisastic about zoom,but i i really like the idea of the experts evening and i have a lot of questions which i dont post.thanks.regards

p.s. there is apparently software from google and others
I work for an IT Security company, and we are using the SANS org recommendations for Zoom. Go here: https://www.sans.org/webcasts/zomg-its-zoom-114670 and download the presentation, it has recommendations to use.
 

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I personally have been inundated with zoom meetings with photographers. My two cents is to pick a subject and send out information on when and what the zoom will be about.
 

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I tried to start a Zoom meeting with extended family this past weekend for an Easter gathering. Two things I found out are that 50-60% of my family distrust the app because they have read the past reports of the vulnerabilities and will not listen when I tell them it's been fixed, and that it is difficult to get a Zoom meeting started with the ones who did agree to try. We ended up with a 3 way meeting that kept locking up and ended up with Happy Easter emails between everyone. The whole experience was very disappointing.
 

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Hi guys sorry I haven't followed through with this.

In my spare time I volunteer as a first responder. We have all been called in to help at our local ambulance stations sorting stuff for the paramedics on the road and driving vehicles.

I'm doing 12 hour days and am shattered when I get home.

Please keep this thread going and arrange it between yourselves.

Martin.
 

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9pm in England is 4am in Perth. I'll be snuggled up in bed with something warm and wonderful! As this is a UK forum, that's OK, I would only be chiming in with Photoshop stuff anyway. I hope it all goes well for those who can make it, I'm sure it will be a big hit. :)
 

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Ok shall we say one evening next week then ?

What about Wednesday 15th April at 7pm UK time ?
Sounds good to me. I'm happy to use our Corporate Zoom account for this so will publish a Zoom link in the forum including a unique meeting ID and password that will both be needed to access the call.

For those with security concerns on Zoom, please feel free to use the local phone numbers to dial into the call on your phone. You won't be able to see the screen but you can listen in. Alternatvely download the Zoom app to a personal phone or iPad if you are concerned about your PC.

The limits on the call are, I suspect pretty irrelevant. 100 users and up to 24 hours duration should do :)

To save repitition during the call, I would strongly suggest that two best practices are followed:

1) ALWAYS us a headset and microphone if you wish to speak during the call - trust me the feedback will quickly become intolerable if anyone uses speakers and built in microphone.
2) Mute yourself whenever you are not speaking - or the whole time if you are not using a headset and microphone

So that's the technical bit - what's the topic?
 

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Here are the details of how to access the Zoom call tomorrow evening:

Topic: Photography Forum "Ask the Experts"
Time: Apr 15, 2020 07:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/91652138148?pwd=dDFGcTJRQmk2MTYzZFFOUnphM3BpZz09

Meeting ID: 916 5213 8148
Password: 000634

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Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abK22FeR1z
 

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No idea who will turn up tonight at 7pm or who is going to talk! But I'll set the call up and if anyone joins, great!
 

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Sadly I could not hear anyone
 

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Maybe nobody was talking :)
 

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just the two of us so far...
 

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I came in, but I am still working here, so I had to leave, got a call.
 

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Dont know why I had no video ... could see you guys ok bu my cam wasn't showing
 

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Sorry, I wasn't here but I think we need a little more practice before the forum awards go live?
 

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No it worked perfectly fine. Better than the last system we had.
 
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